Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Posted March 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

Marie Under

On March 27, 1883, Estonian poet Marie Under was born in Tallinn, Estonia. Considered one of the greatest Estonian poets of the 20th century, Under was nominated by the Estonian PEN club several times as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for literature. The daughter of a schoolteacher, Under learned to read at the age of 4 and began writing poems at the age of 14. In 1944, during the U.S.S.R.’s occupation of Estonia, Under and her family fled to Sweden where they spent nearly a year in a refugee camp. She would spend the rest of her life living in Sweden in exile.

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